Speaker line-up

3rd GBSA

Gulf Debt Capital Markets Summit

H.E. Dr. Obaid Al Zaabi

CEO, UAE Securities and Commodities Authority

H.E. Dr. Obaid Al Zaabi holds over 25 years of work experience in financial legislation, accounting, banking, finance and investment, and sharia-compliant finance from many leading financial institutions in the UAE. These include the UAE Central Bank, Dubai Islamic Bank, Amlak Finance, and the SCA. Previously he served as deputy CEO for issuance and legal affairs at the SCA (2014-2015). Dr. Al Zaabi earned his PhD in Finance and Banking from Durham University (UK), and also holds an MBA with distinction, and BSc in Business Administration and Accounting. He holds a number of professional qualifications and memberships in international professional organizations.

Bryan Stirewalt

Chief Executive, Dubai Financial Services Authority

Bryan Stirewalt was appointed Chief Executive of the DFSA on 1 October, 2018 after spending eight years as the DFSA’s Managing Director of Supervision. Over his entire tenure with the DFSA, Bryan has played a vital role in executing the DFSA’s regulatory mandate and developing its supervision framework. In his new role as Chief Executive, Bryan is continuing to develop the DFSA’s capability as world-class regulator. With a career that spans over 30 years, he has held a number of senior positions in the public and private sectors. In addition to his role at the DFSA, Bryan is a Co-Chair of the Basel Consultative Group and an Observer at the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision.

Richard Teng

Chief Executive Officer
Financial Services Regulatory Authority  – Abu Dhabi Global Market

Richard Teng is the Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA), an internationally recognized and award winning centre within Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM). Since joining in March 2015, Richard has spearheaded the establishment of the financial centre, leading up to the successful launch of ADGM in October 2015. As CEO, Richard has oversight over the entire spectrum of financial services within ADGM, spanning banking, insurance and capital market sectors with integrated prudential and conduct supervisory responsibilities. To support the growth of ADGM as an international financial centre, Richard also leads ecosystem initiatives and the strategic development of financial services offerings.


Fawaz Abdulnour

Officer-in-Charge, Crowd Engagement & External Funds Management Department,
Islamic Development Bank

Fawaz joined IsDB in 1995 and is currently responsible for managing all development funds under the IDB, for design and structuring of new funds and for developing new mechanism for resource mobilization for these funds. He is also responsible for the design, structuring and setting up of crowd engagement platforms. Previously, Fawaz held several positions within IsDB and its affiliates as an Investment Manager at the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD); a Director, Investment Department and then Director, Monitoring & Evaluation at the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD); and prior to that as Head, Resource Mobilization – Asset Management Dept. at the IDB. He also served as a Chairman of a private equity fund and was board member in several private entities. Previously, Fawaz worked as a credit & marketing manager for Alubaf International Bank, Tunis. He also worked with the Treasury of the UNDP in New York. Fawaz holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Cairo University and an MBA in Banking & Finance from Pace University, New York.

Omar Zaineddine

SVP, Head of Investment Banking, KAMCO Investment Company

Omar joined KAMCO Investment Company (KAMCO) in late 2005 and was appointed Senior Vice President, Head of Investment Banking in 2011 to handle the investment banking platform. He has extensive experience of 18 + years in the investment banking and financial services fields. Omar has held positions at the National Bank of Kuwait in the Investment Banking Division and AlShall Consulting & Investment Company in the state of Kuwait. His experience includes leading the origination, structuring and execution of several investment banking transactions covering M&A, Equity and Debt Capital Market deals in Kuwait and the region across different sectors such as banking, healthcare, education, logistics, financial services, construction, and energy. Omar holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the American University of Beirut and a Masters of Science Degree in Money, Finance and Investment from Brunel University London, United Kingdom.

Redwan Ahmed

Head of Investor Relations, DP World

Redwan is the head of Investor Relations at DP World and is responsible for the strategic planning, development, coordination and execution of all investor relations activities with the aim of increasing shareholder and debt investor return and enhancing DP World’s image within the investment community. Previously, he was sell-side equity analyst for 13 years which includes eight years in London covering mostly large-cap UK media companies. More recently at EFG HERMES, the largest regional Investment Bank, he covered sectors such as media, shipping and transportation, logistics and infrastructure (including DP World). Redwan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Insurance and Investment from Cass Business School, City University London.

John Arentz

Head of Treasury, MAF Holding


John joined Majid Al Futtaim in November 2017 as Head of Treasury where he is responsible for funding, investor relations and credit rating relationships, liquidity & cash management and financial risk management. Prior to joining Majid Al Futtaim, John was General Manager Treasury and Planning at Stockland Property Group from December 2012 until October 2017.  Prior to joining Stockland, John was Treasurer at Australand Property Group from July 2008 until October 2012 and previously Treasurer at Newcastle Permanent Building Society. John has more than twenty years experience working in the financial markets, including a number of banks, such as Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, being responsible for derivative and foreign exchange spot pricing and Tokai Bank for eight years being responsible for all aspects of balance sheet management and foreign exchange.

Andy Cairns

Senior Managing Director, Head of Global Corporate Finance, First Abu Dhabi Bank
Chairman, Gulf Bond and Sukuk Association (GBSA)

Andy has responsibility for First Abu Dhabi Bank’s financing, capital markets, advisory and securities services activities as well as its institutional loan portfolio. He was previously Head of Cross-Border Debt Capital Markets at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Co-Head of Asia-Pacific Debt Finance at HSBC and Head of Asian Fixed Income Origination and Syndicate at Standard Chartered. He has worked in New York, London and Hong Kong. Andy has bookrun in excess of USD600 billion of landmark financings for many of the most sophisticated supranationals, governments, corporates and financial institutions across loans, fixed income and equity.
Andy is Chairman of The Gulf Bond and Sukuk Association.

Timucin Engin

Senior Director and Cross-Practice Country Coordinator, GCC region

Prior to this role, Timucin managed our Istanbul office between July 2016  and March 2018 as the Country Manager for Turkey. Prior to that, he was a Director and Sector Specialist in the Financial Services team in our Dubai office. Before joining us in 2011, he spent three years at Dubai Group as Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager at their investment management desk, and prior to that he worked in various banking and investment research roles in Toronto and Istanbul.

Khalid F. Howladar

Managing Director, Acreditus

Khalid is the Managing Director of Acreditus, an advisory practice serving the risk, rating, and sukuk needs of stakeholders in GCC & Islamic capital markets. In addition, he is the Chief Strategy and Risk Officer of Blossom Finance—a blockchain-based digital sukuk platform for social impact investing. With his global perspectives, he is a recognized authority in his fields and has presented at the World Bank, IMF, ECB and IIF. Previously, Khalid worked at Moody’s (Global Head – Islamic Finance and GCC banking) and Credit Suisse. He holds an MSc and a BEng in Computing from Imperial College and an MSc in Finance from London Business School.

Adrianus Schoorl

Partner, White & Case


Adrianus is a local partner; a financial services specialist based in the Dubai office.  He assists clients in the public and the private sectors including banks, asset managers, brokers, insurers, fin-tech entrepreneurs, sovereign wealth funds, payment systems, market operators as well as regulators and assists on both advisory and contentious mandates. Adrianus has been named “next generation lawyer” by the Legal 500 for two consecutive years, as well as team winner of the MENA Funds Services Awards 2018 in the compliance category. He is admitted to the bar in the Netherlands as an EU-qualified lawyer and registered as a legal consultant in the Emirate of Dubai.

Dyan Kannangara

Director, Debt Capital Markets, Emirates NBD Capital

Dyan is a debt capital markets specialist having worked in the industry for over 11 years. He has worked on over 120 DCM transactions that have raised in excess of USD65bn. Dyan began his career with RBS in London where he focused on private placements, high yield and emerging market bonds. He moved to Dubai in 2011 to cover the regional market for RBS and subsequently joined the DCM team at the National Bank of Abu Dhabi before moving to Emirates NBD Capital in 2015. He has extensive experience in emerging market bonds/Sukuk issuances, having worked on transactions from the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Asia. Dyan has a BSc (Hons) degree in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Bashar Al Natoor

Global Head Islamic Finance, Fitch Ratings

Mr. Al Natoor is Fitch Rating’s Global Head Islamic Finance. He is responsible for coordinating all Islamic Finance activities across Fitch’s teams, bringing together dedicated analytical and industry expertise into a centralised and focused Islamic finance group. Mr Al Natoor has more than 16 years’ experience in the Islamic Finance market. Since joining Fitch in 2007, he has overseen Fitch’s Sukuk criteria and Islamic Finance practices, undertaken research and written numerous published articles on Islamic Finance. Prior to joining Fitch, he spent seven years at the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) in key roles in various capacities.

Barbara Riccardi

Managing Director, Natixis

Barbara heads the distribution and portfolio management for Natixis in the Middle East. She joined Natixis over ten years ago and during this time she was a senior member of the Project Finance team in Dubai and led the Advisory Project Finance team in NY. Today in Dubai she also responsible for promoting green business in the region and act as local point of contact for  Natixis’ Green and Sustainable Hub whose main role is to develop the Green & Sustainable franchise across its countries of operation by offering services spanning from green & sustainable financing to investment solutions structuring through green & sustainable research and advisory. Before joining Natixis, Barbara worked in London and Baku for WestLB and EBRD. She holds a master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Rome and she worked as Field Engineer for Schlumberger oilfield services in South America and Asia.

Zeina Rizk

Director, Arqaam Capital

Zeina has 12 years of investment experience in the global credit market, with a 8-year track record of co-managing the Conventional Global Credit Fund and a 5-year track record of co-managing the Shari’ah Global Credit Fund. The Shari’ah fund won the best Shari’ah Fund in 2014 and 2015. Prior to joining Arqaam, she was a Portfolio Manager managing both a Shariah Compliant and a Conventional Fund alongside the proprietary book of the bank and several discretionary mandates.  Prior to that, she was a fixed income advisor and management team member of a global fixed Income fund domiciled in Luxembourg. She also held a position as a credit and market risk supervisor. Previously worked in securitization part of the structuring of asset-backed securitization deals. She hold a Bachelors’ degree in Economics and Finance and CFA Charterholder since 2011.

Alex Roussos

Partner, Dentons

Alex is a partner in Dentons Dubai office. He is widely acknowledged as an expert in debt, hybrid and equity-linked capital markets transactions. Alex’s broad experience has seen him advising governments and government- related entities, all major investment banking clients and large corporate entities across the Middle East on matters including Medium Term Note, convertible bond, hybrid capital and Sukuk issuances and structured finance deals, as well as listings on local and international stock exchanges. Alex is also a leading practitioner in the field of regulatory capital and has acted on some of the most high profile deals in this space in the GCC.

Mohammed AlSehli

Chief Executive Officer, Wethaq Capital Markets

Mohammed Alsehli is a fintech entrepreneur, a service management expert and a CISI qualified in Islamic finance with a background in Software Engineering and Banking. Featured among the 500 who are making the Islamic economy (Islamica500 Publication) and among the 100 influential people helping to shape the Emirate (ArabianBusiness). Mohammed is the Co-founder and CEO of Wethaq Capital Markets, a fintech venture focusing on building regulated infrastructure for the Sukuk Capital Markets.

Fawaz Abu Sneineh

Managing Director, Head of Debt Capital Markets and Issuer Services, First Abu Dhabi Bank

Fawaz is in charge of the DCM Origination business for FAB’s Global Corporate Finance clients. He has worked on a number of landmark transactions for high profile issuers in the Corporate, Institutional and SSA space, covering various DCM products from plain vanilla bonds and setting up MTN Programs, to project bonds, hybrid capital and liability management, both conventional bonds and Islamic (Sukuk). Fawaz has also originated and overseen the execution of numerous landmark deals outside the region, including the inaugural sovereign Sukuk issuance from HM Treasury and Hong Kong Government SAR. Prior to this role, Fawaz headed FAB’s global distribution of Syndicated Loans and also managed FAB’s Proprietary fixed income portfolio. Fawaz holds a BSc (Hon’s) in Accounting & Finance from the London School of Economics and is a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst ® designation. He is also the Chairman of the Middle East Region for International Capital Market Association (ICMA) and a Board Member of The Gulf Bond and Sukuk Association (GBSA).

Talal Tabbaa

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Jibrel Networks

Talal Tabbaa is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at Jibrel Network, a blockchain-based FinTech company headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, that aims to bridge the gap between traditional and crypto economies. Talal also serves on the Board of Middle East Payment Services (MEPS) in Amman, Jordan. Prior to co-founding Jibrel Network, Talal worked in financial and supply chain consulting services at PwC as well as managing a private investment fund in Saudi Arabia. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Engineering (Economics Minor) from Purdue University, Indiana, USA.

Anita Yadav

Chief Executive Officer, Century Financial
Vice Chair, The Gulf Bond and Sukuk Association (GBSA)

Anita Yadav is a seasoned wholesale banker, currently serving as CEO of Century Financial. Earlier she was Senior Director at Emirates NBD, managing its Capital Markets Research with focus on Islamic Finance. Past in her career she had served as Managing Director, Head of Global Markets at Nomura in India, as Head of Credit Sales at ANZ in Singapore and as Head of Research at UBS in Sydney. Anita is the current Vice-Chair of The Gulf Bond & Sukuk Association board and was also on the board of Australian Business Council in Dubai. She is an active member of Australian Institute of Company Directors in Sydney and Board Directors Institute in Dubai.